Eclipsing Binaries in Open Clusters

  • John Southworth
  • Jens Viggo Clausen


The study of detached eclipsing binaries in open clusters can provide stringent tests of theoretical stellar evolutionary models, which must simultaneously fit the masses, radii, and luminosities of the eclipsing stars and the radiative properties of every other star in the cluster. We review recent progress in such studies and discuss two unusually interesting objects currently under analysis. GV Carinae is an A0m+A8m binary in the Southern open cluster NGC 3532; its eclipse depths have changed by 0.1 mag between 1990 and 2001, suggesting that its orbit is being perturbed by a relatively close third body. DW Carinae is a high-mass unevolved B1V + B1V binary in the very young open cluster Collinder 228, and displays double-peaked emission in the centre of the Hα line which is characteristic of Be stars. We conclude by pointing out that the great promise of eclipsing binaries in open clusters can only be satisfied when both the binaries and their parent clusters are well-observed, a situation which is less common than we would like.


Stars: fundamental parameters Stars: binaries: eclipsing Stars: binaries: spectroscopic Open clusters and associations: general 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Niels Bohr InstituteCopenhagen UniversityDenmark

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